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Hair Check: Salon Vaso

Get your hair in tip-top shape for fall at Salon Vaso.

September 01, 2011

Get your hair in shape for fall at South Beach’s Salon Vaso, which is closing out the summer with a handful of can’t-miss treatments. Try the Frizz Fighter ($100; Tuesday–Friday)—an express keratin blowout and a signature manicure—and the Brighten Up ($100), a single-process organic hair color and a bag filled with samples of the latest conditioning treatments. If you’re looking for something simple, Salon Vaso blowouts ($25) are available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Salon Vaso, 1500 Alton Road, 2nd Floor, Miami Beach, 305-674-7470

—maria argüello


DJ Spotlight: DJ Jessica Who

We catch up with Miami’s own DJ Jessica Who.

August 30, 2011

DJ Jessica Who

If you caught the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night you probably caught a glimpse of Miami’s own DJ Jessica Who. We recently sat down with her to talk requests, Miami and more

You’re one of LIV’s resident DJs. What does it feel like to be at one of the hottest clubs in the country?
DJ JESSICA WHO: Playing at LIV is the best experience. I can handle any room in the world after this. At first I felt like a tiny fish in a huge pond but now I love it. It’s evolved too, and Wednesdays are fun and high energy. It’s my job to keep the party going. I play what people expect in a way they don’t expect.

What was your first gig?
DJW: I was 17 the first time I was exposed to the scene and I just fell into it. I knew it was what I wanted to do.

What is currently on your iTunes?
DJW: Cut Copy at the moment

What is your advice to up-and-coming DJs?
DJW: Make sure you’re in this for the right reasons. It takes so much work and you have to pay your dues.

What is the best advice you ever received?
DJW: My mom would always tell me it’s not the end of the world. When you’re young so much seems like it’s so major, and my mother would always remind me that it’s not the end of the world. And it wasn’t.

Is there anyone you would be nervous to play for?
DJW: Oh yeah, a lot of people. If you don’t have that humility and respect for your elders you’re missing a part of the game. I opened up for Laid Back Luke and that was awesome.

Do you take requests?
DJW: Yes, of course. But if you’re going to make a request make it fast, no life story, don’t sing to me, don’t ask me where the bathroom is. No, I don’t have a pen [or a] lighter. No, don’t hit on me, don’t touch me, don’t touch the turntables.

Where do you like to go out?
DJW: I’m usually off Mondays or Tuesdays so Mokai or Wall, but I always end up at Purdy. I love hole-in-the-wall places. I wish we had more of them.

And finally, where is the best jukebox in Miami?
DJW: Kill Your Idol

—maria argüello


A Spirited Dinner Party

Mercadito Midtown adds a special guest to its monthly dinner party.

August 29, 2011

Since we all love a good dinner party, make sure not to miss Mercadito Midtown’s monthly spirited four-course dinner on Wednesday, August 31 (7 PM; $45). This month’s guest is Corzo Tequila, and chef/partner Patricio Sandoval and executive chef Aldo Ayala will incorporate the spirit into each dish. Corzo cocktails will also be paired with each course. Here is what to expect:

Corzo Tequila Blanco
Ceviche de Huachinango (red snapper, jicama, tomatillo pico de gallo, tequila-watermelon-chile piquin broth)
Uvarita cocktail: Corzo Tequila blanco, green grape, Mexicano regano, agave

Corzo Tequila Reposado
Taco de Mariscos (roasted garlic shrimp, octopus, scallops, tequila pickled red cabbage and jicama, achiote-coconut sauce)
Caribbean Passion cocktail: Corzo tequila blanco, passion fruit, cilantro, chile guajillo syrup, achiote

Pollo a las Brasas (adobo-marinated chicken breast, salsa borracha, nappa cabbage three-corn pico de gallo, chipotle vinaigrette
Paloma cocktail: Corzo tequila reposado, fresh grapefruit, fresh lime, agave, seltzer

Corzo Tequila Anejo
Mousse de Maracuya (passion fruit-tequila mousse)

Mercadito Midtown, 3252 NE First Ave., 786-369-0430



—maria argüello


Accessory Pick: Neon Givenchy

Step out with this atomic yellow bag and there’s no telling what might happen.

August 24, 2011

Made in France from buttery leather, this citrus-hued Givenchy flat pouch ($300) is the perfect way to ride out summer’s trend toward colorful, eye-popping fashions. Though it’s just shy of being large enough to fit an iPad, the sunny pouch is a great vehicle for necessary odds and ends on the go. And, in case the jaw-dropping shade stops traffic, the flipside of the pouch is black. The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave.

—Maria Argüello


Bardot On the Go

Need concert tickets? Bardot has an app for that.

August 24, 2011

Last week we covered the new Wall lounge app and this week finds another nightlife venue jumping aboard the app train. Wynwood music spot Bardot has neatly arranged its calendar, menu, playlists and ticket vending onto a convenient new app designed for the iPad and iPhone. At last check, tickets for shows like Dirty Vegas, Peter Bjorn and John, Junior Boys, Star Singer, School of Seven Bells and Cam’ron were available via the app. 3456 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, 305-576-5570

—Maria Argüello


Fine Rides at the Concours d' Elegance

Automobile enthusiasts flocked to Pebble Beach for the annual, invite-only collector car show.

August 24, 2011

Being at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance—for any car lover—is like being in a very luxurious and wonderful dream. Thanks to an invitation from Rolex, I had the honor of visiting the 61st such event this weekend—in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the automobile.

Held on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, the event is an invitation-only affair that brings together hundreds of the world’s most prized collector cars in one of the most exclusive and competitive events. Magnificently Restored and untouched preserved automobiles from the turn of the century and throughout the decades come together in all their glory in what is a breathtaking and mind-boggling experience. I spent hours on the Concours devouring the sites—wooden wheels of yesteryear in cars dating back to 1914, hood ornaments that leave one marveling at their very intricate detailing and intake manifolds and outer accents finished in golden hues.

From Duesnbergs to Stutz’s (which celebrates its 100 year anniversary), Edwardian-era Rolls-Royce’s , Packards, and the finest Ferrari 250 GTO’s (the automobiles produced from 1962 to 1964 that marked the culmination of Enzo Ferrari’s efforts to perfect this line), the Concours d’ Elegance recalls the glamour and growth that classic automobiles and fine racing vehicles brought to reality. If one can’t fulfill a passion for the architectural lines of the roadsters, grand touring and motorsports here, it probably won’t happen anywhere.

This year’s Best of Show Winner: A quite alluring 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne owned by Peter Mullin (owner of many vintage autos) and an entry in the 1932-1937 European Classic category. My Best of Show Pick: While I loved the Winner, the interior didn’t do the trick for me. I’m afraid I was a bit more staid. I loved a couple of the American Classics, including a light yellow 1934 Packard, the owner of which happened to be a friend of famed car restorer Wayne Carini, whom I met him at the show– but watch for more coming about and from Carini soon enough here at Atimelyperspective. Watch for more coverage here, too, of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Seca Raceway in the coming days.

Read more about watches from our timepiece editor Roberta Naas at atimelyperspective.com.

—Roberta Naas


Oenophile’s Delight

Area 31 and db Bistro Moderne tailor two nights around wine service.

August 22, 2011

Area 31 patio 

Restaurants all across the city are participating in Miami Spice but downtown hotel hot spots Area 31 (Epic Hotel) and db Bistro Moderne (JW Marriott) are going the extra step with some very tempting wine offers. On Wednesdays, head to Area 31 for Raid the Cellar, where chef E. Michael Reidt will handpick the evening’s special bottles for by the glass service. Over at db Bistro Moderne, Mondays spell BYOW with no corkage fee. Check out Reidt’s upcoming Wednesday night wine selections below.

August 24
F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd, Wachau 2008 ($16 per glass)
Krupp Brothers “Black Bart Syrah,” Napa Valley 2006 ($14 per glass)

August 31
Jean Noel Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées, Burgundy 2006 ($19 per glass)
Las Lamas Descendientes de J. Palacios, Bierzo 2006 ($18 per glass)

September 7
Scholium Project Sylphs Chardonnay, California 2007 ($18 per glass)
La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904, Spain 1997 ($12 per glass)

Area 31, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 16th floor, Miami, 305-424-5234; db Bistro Moderne, 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, 305-421-8800

—Maria Argüello


Beauty Arrival: Gee Beauty Studio

The Canadian beauty boutique sets up shop in Bal Harbour.

August 22, 2011

For its first U.S. outpost, Toronto’s Gee Beauty studio chose Miami’s Bal Harbor Shops. “We are so proud to introduce Gee Beauty to Bal Harbour Shops as our first international location,” says co-founder and beauty expert Miriam Gee. Shoppers of the new beauty boutique will be delighted to find cult-favorite brands like Tata Harper, Malin + Goetz, Rodin, Rodial and Glam Glow, as well as the studio’s eponymous cosmetics line. Signature services like makeup lessons, brow services (including threading), oxygen facials, faux lash application, waxing and a special gentleman’s menu will also lure Miami’s beauty crowd. “We are looking forward to sharing our expertise in maintaining a healthy beauty routine,” says co-founder and brow expert Natalie Gee. Sign us up. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour

—Maria Argüello


New Plates: Joey’s Italian Café

Joey’s Italian Café in Wynwood adds new dishes to its menu.

August 18, 2011

Carpaccio del Bosco at Joey's Italian Café

An array of new dishes makes the rounds at Joey’s Italian Café. “Of course we are keeping the mainstays that our diners have always enjoyed,” says chef Ivo Mazzon. “But I wanted to add dishes utilizing the great, fresh ingredients we have access to, as well as some new pizzas and pastas.” Find classic additions like a traditional caprese (mozzarella, tomatoes, oregano, basil, extra virgin olive oil) and new pizza dishes like affumicatta (spinach, mozzarella, scamorza, sundried tomatoes, smoked salmon, hot pepper) and romana (tomato, mozzarella, stracchino, artichoke, porchetta). House-made pastas including gnocchi served with a choice of meat, tomato, pink or four-cheese sauce and fettucine carbonara (pancetta, eggs, parmesan, black pepper, a bit of cream). Fellini once said, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” We tend to agree. Joey’s Italian Café, 2506 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami Wynwood, 305-438-0488

—maria argüello
photograph by mia nunez


Fashion Find: A Striped Dress With a Twist

A versatile dress by Judith March keeps things interesting.

August 18, 2011

Stripes are staying the course and Emporium’s new collection of Judith March dresses features her navy stripe Versatile dress. On its own it is a staple, but add one of the three collars (sold separately)—VJ02 Lacey Linen (cream linen with detailed flowers (PICTURED)), VJ27 Elegant Alice (cream beaded neck with tan leather and diamond-inspired flower) or VJ06 Tiger Lily (cream textured fabric with orange flowers)—and you get an entirely new, fun, modern take. Emporium, 2606 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-268-0689

—maria argüello

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